Despite a morning snowstorm, about 150 members of the Fides Society turned out for a Nov. 29 breakfast meeting and heard remarks from University Trustee and financial expert Peter S. Lynch at the Meridien Hotel in Boston.
"A Dialogue With Peter Lynch" was the inaugural Fides Business Breakfast Forum, said Boston College Fund Director David Vigneron. Organizers envision the meetings as a way of broadening the appeal of Fides, which consists of contributors who donate between $1,000 and $5,000 to Boston College annually, Vigneron said.
"The idea is to create an additional opportunity for networking," he explained. "Boston College wants to provide venues where members of Fides get together, discuss business issues and other matters of interest, and hear notable people such as Peter Lynch speak. It is a way of affirming their relationship with each other and with the University."
Lynch gave a brief overview of current market and investment trends, then answered questions from the audience for approximately 30 minutes.
About 300 Fides members registered for the forum, Vigneron said, many of whom were unable to attend because of the weather. "We received numerous calls later on from people apologizing for not being able to come," he added. "What was also encouraging was that the event attracted interest from members well outside the New England area, such as California, Georgia and Florida, as well as New York and New Jersey."
Fides Chairman Patrick Carney also spoke at the meeting.
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